Science Circle Lecture - Public Health Interventions for the COVID-19 Response

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The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the greatest challenges that the modern world has ever faced. Its impact has been felt on all areas of life – personal and professional, social and political, economic and academic.

Public health is one area, however, where the effects have been severely magnified. What is the impact of the pandemic on public health? Public health systems? What is the research response for tackling COVID-19? These and more questions are sought to be answered during the lecture.


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Till Bärnighausen

Till Bärnighausen is Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Faculty Affiliate at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

He is Alexander von Humboldt University Professor at Heidelberg University, Germany’s oldest University, and Director of the Heidelberg Institute of Public Health (HIPH) in the Faculty of Medicine at Heidelberg University.  He also serves as Senior Faculty at the Wellcome Trust’s Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Till’s research focuses on developing and testing population health interventions that address large healthcare needs in poor countries, in particular for HIV and other chronic conditions such as diabetes and  hypertension. He focuses on interventions that can be implemented in resource-poor settings, such as community health worker initiatives and novel interventions in nurse-led primary care clinics.

More on his research and publications can be found here.

Public Health Interventions for the COVID-19 Response: Research and Innovations

"The COVID-19 pandemic is powerfully demonstrating the impact that public health interventions can have in disease control.  I will present research findings and innovations on several interventions that can support the epidemic response functions -- isolation, screening, treatment, and long-term behaviour change. My examples will include research and innovations from Asia, Africa and Europe. In addition to the intervention innovations, I will describe how COVID-19 has changed public health intervention science and has novel methods for global health research."
Dr. Till Bärnighausen is Alexander von Humboldt University Professor at Heidelberg University, and Director of the Heidelberg Institute of Public Health (HIPH) in the Faculty of Medicine at Heidelberg University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr K Vijayakumar

Professor and HOD
Department of Community Medicine
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
Kochi, Kerala,

Kerala’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

"Through this lecture, I aim to emphasis the inevitable role of Public Health in combating the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Unlike other nations, Kerala- a small coastal state in Southern India, continues to curb the spread of COVID-19 through its efficient decentralized healthcare system supported by the Local Self Governments. I would also be discussing the specific Public Health interventions and strategies implemented by the Government of Kerala for the containment of Coronavirus. The lecture will also highlight how the lessons learnt from the past along with community participation has aided us in the journey so far. Hence, this session will give an overview of the Health system response of the Government of Kerala towards COVID-19 pandemic."
Dr K Vijayakumar is HOD - Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Event Information

July 8, 2020, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Organizer: DWIH New Delhi, University of Heidelberg